Holiday homework – why does it have to be such a battle?

April 12, 2012

It’s Thursday, and school starts again next Tuesday. No 1 Son has had a lovely time, doing everything he wants – seeing his mates, going to the movies, playing games on XBox Live, having lie-ins.


He hasn’t done his homework. The homework that was set for the holidays, nearly two weeks ago. I’ve cajoled, I’ve ‘suggested’, I’ve nagged, I’ve been strict. But he hasn’t so much as opened a text book.

I know what will happen. He’ll start on it on Sunday and then it will be a mad rush to get it done. He’ll be bad-tempered and tired.

If anyone has any secrets to persuading your child to do their holiday homework, I’d love to know.

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  • Suzanne Whitton April 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t think I have any advice but if sympathy helps, I’m yours! I have older children who are exactly the same. It’s a tough call between letting them leave it and face the consequences or nagging them the whole time….neither are nice. I would suggest starting with a different tack next holidays and trying the bribery tactic with earning XBox time after some homework is done – good luck! We have this problem with homework ALL the time, not just holidays 🙁

  • Carolin April 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    If he works best under pressure, I wouldn’t really mind, I think. I was just like it and did just fine 🙂

  • Andy April 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    We seem to have been lucky this holiday as most of the children sat down on the first day and worked their way through it all, so they could enjoy the holiday.
    Having said that I do have to spend the next week making sure that the one who is allergic to homework does his revision for exams, could be quite a challenge.

  • Katrina April 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hi hun,
    Not sure how strict you want to be, but similar to Kara, once he is awake, I would say no X Box until he has done at least 1 hour of work, no work, no X box.

  • Liz Jarvis April 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I think this is really good advice, to start early. Now if I could only persuade him to get out of bed…

  • Kara April 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    It does depend how much they have but we try and get it out the way as quickly as possible. I find that mornings are best and sit mine down at the table for half an hour supervised (whilst I’m on twitter) so i am on hand for questions. That way it doesn’t impact on the day. If you fire up the xbox first you’ve no hope!! Lol

  • Liz Jarvis April 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I feel your pain. And every time I try to talk to him about it I’m told to go away.


  • Trish April 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Having the same problem here. Have tried all manner of motherly tactics to no avail. GCSEs are looming but the urgency isn’t there. He has opened a book now and again but seems to think half an hour flapping the pages is enough. Gah!